Alexandria Why? (1978) - (dir: Youssef Chahine) Egyptian one-sheet
This film is included on Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of Egypt's 100 most important films. In 1979 it won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and was also nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear. Also in 1979 it was nominated at the Chicago International Film Festival for the Gold Hugo Award for best feature.
Plot Summary: The film is an historic and autobiographical tale interpreting the life of director Youssef Chahine, World War II in North Africa and several other interwoven story lines. It is set in 1942 as British and Arab forces are fighting the German army advancing towards Alexandria. In Alexandria, the boy Yehia (the young Chahine) dreams of Hollywood musicals, Shakespeare and studying acting in the USA. A beautiful Jewish socialite is caught between the urge to flee the advancing Germans with her father and remaining in Alexandria with her Egyptian lover, who is secretly collaborating with the Germans. An Egyptian aristocrat is murdering occupying British soldiers one by one, but then becomes attached to a young British soldier.
Cast and Crew: Youssef Chahine, Mohsen Zayed, Ahmed Zaki, Naglaa Fathy, Farid Shawqi, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Mohsen Nasr, Ezzat El Alaili, Youssef Wahby, Yehia Chahine, Leila Fawzi, Mohsena Tewfik, Akela Kateb, Zeinab Sedky, Seif El Dine, Ahmad Abdel Waress, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Gerry Sundquist